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ART & DESIGN

Annette Abolins - portfolio of works

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PORTRAITS IN OIL

Like the waxing and waning phases of the Moon, light moves across our faces. We mirror ourselves in others; seeking similarities, differences and a sense of belonging.

These paintings explore faces from young to old, through the play of light and a monochromatic palette mixing shades of blue.
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Ink on paper

These pen and ink drawings are inspired by my love of the ever changing ocean and majestically beautiful tall ships, where safe passage is in the hands of the wind, the waves and the deep blue sea.

These pen and ink drawings are inspired by my love of the ocean and ships, no doubt inherited from the many seafaring folk in my family. I am fascinated and drawn to tales of majestically beautiful tall ships and the ever changing oceans, where safe passage is in the hands of the wind, the waves and the deep blue sea.

Crossing - pen and ink drawing by Annette Abolins
Crossing
Seeking Refuge - Pen and ink - Annette Abolins 2015
Seeking Refuge
At the Helm - pen and ink - Annette Abolins 2015
At the Helm
Learning the Ropes - pen and ink by Annette Abolins
Learning The Ropes
Setting Sail - pen and ink - Annette Abolins 2015
Setting Sail
Fellow Travellers - pen and ink - Annette Abolins 2015
Fellow Travellers
Aloft - pen and ink - Annette Abolins 2015
Aloft
Garnet Hill - Pen and ink - Annette Abolins
Garnet Hill
Onboard James Craig - pen and ink Annette Abolins
Onboard James Craig
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Portrait Drawings

Portrait drawings in charcoal, ink, pencil and oil; studies looking at capturing the essence of character and expression.

Portrait drawings in charcoal, ink, pencil and oil; studies looking at capturing the essence of character and expression. Subjects include actors, musicians, friends and family members; where some of the examples below are quick sketches and others more detailed drawings.

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Ink drawing by Annette Abolins
Aragorn - Ink on Paper
Charcoal drawing by Annette Abolins
Johnny Cash - Charcoal
Charcoal drawing by Annette Abolins
Johnny Depp - Charcoal Drawing
Ink drawing by Annette Abolins
Nicolas Cage - Ink on Paper
Charcoal and ink on board - Annette Abolins
Noey - Charcoal & Ink on Board
Charcoal drawing by Annette Abolins
Grandma Von - Charcoal Drawing
Charcoal and pencil drawing
Professor McGonnagle - Charcoal
Charcoal drawing by Annette Abolins
Diamanda Galas - Pencil & Charcoal
Ink drawing by Annette Abolins
Sherlock - Ink on Paler
Oil sketch on board - Annette Abolins
Willem Dafoe - Oil on Board
Ink drawing by Annette Abolins
The Godfather - Ink on Paper
Pencil and Charcoal drawing by Annette Abolins
Anthony Hopkins - Pencil & Charcoal
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Tarot & Playing Cards

I have been fascinated by and drawn to cards for as long as I can remember. Paying homage to the notion that every deck is a portable treasure box filled with stories., I truly enjoy the journey of designing and illustrating tarot & playing cards.

I have been fascinated by and drawn to cards for as long as I can remember. Paying homage to the notion that every deck is a portable treasure box filled with stories., I truly enjoy the journey of designing and illustrating tarot & playing cards. With ink, colour and imagination, I tell stories and bring characters to life.

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Nine Lives Tarot
illustrated playing cards inspired by tarot by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Playing Cards
Lumina - red colour version of custom playing cards with bright faces by Annette Abolins
VIZAĜO Lumina - Red
Lumino - blue colour version of custom playing cards with bright faces by Annette Abolins
VIZAĜO Lumino - Blue

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8 of Pentacles - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
The Tower - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
Queen of Swords - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
Strength - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
The Moon - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
2 of Rods tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
The Chariot - Tarot illustration by Annette Abolins
NINE LIVES

Nine Lives Tarot is the result of a long creative journey involving pen, ink & colour.

Nine Lives Tarot is the result of a long creative journey involving pen, ink & colour with original illustrations steeped in rich symbolism and female archetypes.

Nine Lives Tarot is the result of a long creative journey involving pen, ink & colour with original illustrations steeped in rich symbolism and female archetypes. The completed deck is freely based on the traditional RWS tarot system and was launched in 2013 on Nine Lives - home to all my illustrated tarot and playing cards.

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illustrated tarot by Annette Abolins Strength, The Moon and Judgement
Nine Lives Tarot
Strength | The Moon | Judgement

78 illustrated cards filled with life-affirming symbolism and female archetypes.

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to find out more and order cards
Royal Swords tarot cards illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Tarot
Royal Swords: King, Knight & Queen

78 illustrated cards filled with life-affirming symbolism and female archetypes.

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Hanged Man Temperance Wheel of Fortune illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Tarot
Hanged Man | Temperance | Wheel of Fortune

78 illustrated cards filled with life-affirming symbolism and female archetypes.

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illustrated tarot by Annette Abolins: Ten of Rods Eight of Cups and Eight of Pentacles
Nine Lives Tarot
10 of Rods | 8 of Cups | 8 of Pentacles

78 illustrated cards filled with life-affirming symbolism and female archetypes.

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to find out more and order cards
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Hearts

Jack, Queen and King clothed in shades of blue and red, with Hearts decorating their robes. The cups and water accents provide a symbolic connection to the tarot suit of Cups.

Royal Hearts - Jack Queen King illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Playing Cards

Illustrated playing cards- printed in limited edition by EPCC.

Front of tuck box - limited edition playing cards designed by Annette Abolins

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to order this deck and find out more about the cards:

Clubs

Shining bright in orange, yellow and green; these royals wear robes decorated with clubs, while holding a leaf strewn rod to mark the connection to their tarot suit.

Royal Clubs - Jack Queen King illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Playing Cards

Illustrated playing cards- printed in limited edition by EPCC.

Front of tuck box - limited edition playing cards designed by Annette Abolins

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to order this deck and find out more about the cards:

Diamonds

The golden pentacle connects these royal characters to the tarot, while their colourful robes are decorated with diamonds, designed to match their playing card suit.

Royal Diamonds - Jack Queen King illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Playing Cards

Illustrated playing cards- printed in limited edition by EPCC.

Front of tuck box - limited edition playing cards designed by Annette Abolins

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to order this deck and find out more about the cards:

Spades

The Jack, Queen and King of Spades; each holding a majestic sword from their tarot suit, while dressed in detailed dark blue robes decorated with a multitude of spades.

Royal Spades - Jack Queen King illustrated by Annette Abolins
Nine Lives Playing Cards

Illustrated playing cards- printed in limited edition by EPCC.

Front of tuck box - limited edition playing cards designed by Annette Abolins

Visit ninelivestarot.com.au to order this deck and find out more about the cards:

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VIZAĜO

VIZAĜO Playing Cards celebrate faces with colourful illustrations influenced by wood-cut techniques.

VIZAĜO Playing Cards celebrate faces with colourful illustrations influenced by wood-cut techniques. Limited edition, available on Nine Lives in red and blue.

Tuck box and cards from VIZAGO playing cards
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